Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

Bank Alert

Alert Number: SA-62-2007

DATE: March 16, 2007

TO: Chief Executive Officer/President (also of interest to Security Officer)

SUBJECT: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Skagit State Bank, Burlington, Washington, are reportedly in circulation.

Skagit State Bank, Burlington, Washington, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 125105631, which is assigned to Skagit State Bank. The items also display an address ("30407 68th Ave NW Stanwood, WA 98292") below the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top-center portion. The following statements are embedded within the top border: "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A GREEN & BLUE BORDER AND BACKGROUND PLUS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT WATERMARK ON THE BANK HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW." The following statements are embedded within the bottom border: "ABSENCE OF PINK U.S. PATENT NUMBERS UNDER SIGNATURE INDICATES CHECK IS FRAUDULENT. PATENT NUMBERS ARE PRINTED WITH HEAT SENSITIVE INK & WILL DISAPPEAR WHEN BLOWING OR RUBBING." The counterfeit items also include the statement "VOID AFTER 90 DAYS" just below the right side of the written dollar amount line. Printed along the lower-right border is the statement: "SIGNATURE AREA CONTAINS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT CHECK WORDING."

Authentic checks display the names of eight towns where branches are located directly below the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top-center portion. The following security statement is embedded within the top border: "FRONT OF DOCUMENT FEATURES COLORED BACKGROUND INSIDE THIS HIGH RESOLUTION BORDER AND A WHITE BAND OUTSIDE OF BORDER." The words "OFFICE" and "REMITTER" appear in the top-left corner. "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" is printed above the signature line in the lower-right corner of authentic checks.

Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:

Nadine Springer
Assistant Vice President, Retail Operations Officer, Security Officer
Skagit State Bank
301 East Fairhaven Avenue
P.O. Box 285
Burlington, Washington 98233
Telephone: (360) 755-1510, extension 3177
Fax: (360) 755-9224
E-mail: nadines@skagitbank.com

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